The Tension Between Ensuring and Protecting Personal Reputation and Cherishing Free Speech: Comparative Perspectives

Comparing U.S. and German approaches 

Historically, different societies have accorded differing levels of protection to the fundamental right to reputation and the interest in free speech. Whereas the German Basic Law provides explicit protections for reputation, the United States cuts the balance more decisively in favour of free speech.

This symposium will examine how four different countries (Germany, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom) balance reputation and speech interests (with a lesser emphasis on France).

Die Veranstaltung hat am 07. Juli 2008 in Englisch stattgefunden.


Professor David F. Partlett
Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University Law School, Atlanta, USA

Professor Russell L. Weaver
Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, USA

Professor Dr. Dieter Dörr
Lehrstuhl für öffentliches Recht, Völker- und Europarecht, Medienrecht an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Professor Dr. Udo Fink
Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Europarecht, Völkerrecht und Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Ass. Professeur Dr. Mark D. Cole
Professur für das Recht der neuen Informationstechnologien, Medien- und Kommunikationsrecht, Universität Luxemburg